Ah, November. A great month for basketball. Seriously...it's a month to get acclimated, to check out some teams, to get a feel for what the stories are going to be. Granted, there aren't any real stories in November, but you can anticipate. So anticipating the 2012-2013 season, here's what I want to see in November:
Wed., Nov. 7--I saw the Timberwolves beat Orlando 90-75 but I didn't get to see Ricky Rubio or Kevin Love.
Sat.-Sun., Nov. 10-11--Gopher women vs. Washington State at noon on Saturday, and hopefully it will be Minnesota vs. South Dakota State at 1 p.m. on Sunday. If so, you'll get a chance to see a bevy of Minnesotans including Leah Dietel, Megan Waytashek, Megan Stuart and several more for the Jackrabbits, and of course you'll get to see newcomers Kayla Hirt and Mikayla Bailey plus (hopefully) Jackie Johnson and Shayne Mullaney for the Gophers.
Mon., Nov. 12--Toledo at Minnesota Gopher men and their cast of thousands. Tubby's got pret'near 3 full platoons goin' here. So something's gotta give. Is it Mo Walker or Andre Ingram in the middle? What happens to Rodney Williams when Trevor Mbakwe is at full strength? Does he displace Joe Coleman at the small forward? Is Mav Ahanmisi or Julian Welch the back-up at the point? Can the Gophers beat a good Toledo squad?
Sat., Nov. 17--girls jamboree at Hopkins High.
Sun., Nov. 18--let's play two! Gopher women vs. somebody in the Subway Classic final (you'd hope ) at 1 p.m., followed by Gopher men vs. Richmond at 6 p.m., all at the Barn.
Tues., Nov. 20--Wisconsin-River Falls at St. Thomas. Just what kind of beast is St. Thomas gonna be with Tommy Hannon back on a medical redshirt?
Sun., Nov. 25--Wisconsin-Stevens Point at St. Thomas. Just what kind of beast is St. Thomas gonna be with Taylor Young and Maggie Weiers back?
Tues., Nov. 27--High school ball opens up with some girls action--I like Farmington at Simley, the latter featuring youngsters Abby Kain and Kylie Brown.
Thurs., Nov. 29--Virginia at Gopher women.
Fri., Nov. 30--Mahtomedi girls at Forest Lake. Ali Greene vs. Bailey Norby.